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Everyone knows that cookies are both good and bad. However, in?today’s?environment?where?security?is?starting?to?get?its?rightful?position?cookies?are?more?bad?than?good.?In?fact?many?respected?security? specialists advise against sites that send so many cookies.?I?have?my?web?browser?set?to?notify?me?of?every?single?cookie?that?I?receive.?That?way?I?can?reject?or?accept?each?one.?This?is?a?very?tedious?operation?but?I?consider?it?a?good?security?practice.?I?have?also?set?the?browser?to?delete?all?cookies?once?I?close?it.?Here I think I should mention that the browser I use is Opera. This is the best browser that I have found and it is by far the fastest, most accurate of the major browsers. I have, without a choice, Microsoft’s Ineternet Explorer and?Firefox?installed?but?Opera?beats?them?both?hands?down. Going back to the main subject, of all the respected and major sites that you may visit, the sites that are operated by Microsoft set the most cookies on your machine. Yahoo and Google are setting cookies too but just a few and you could tell they are genuine. Microsoft’s cookies are numerous, you get redirected to several IPs before connection, in the case of MSN messenger, and many times the certificate of the microsoft’s sites are invalid! I invite any one to test this for their own and see. Use Yahoo messenger and see how many times you are redirected before logging in and now use MSN. Open your Yahoo account and count the cookies sent to you and now open your hotmail account and do the same. Microsoft simply deceives everyone into thinking that it is very serious when it comes to security. The enormous number of patches that it releases monthly shows?that?it?is?not.?The?high?number?of?cookies?and?redirections?shows?that?too.?This?is?on?top?of?the?fact?that?you?can?not?use?any?other?browser?other?than?the?slow,?buggy?IE?for?Windows?Update. I think it is time that the IT community acts and pressures Microsoft to behave securely like Yahoo and Google.